Hostage (4) ‎– NT1

4 × File, MP3, WAV, EP

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1 NT1 04:32
2 NT1 (Liar Optimix)
Remix – Liar (7)
3 NT1 (2ndSun Remix 1)
Remix – 2ndSun
4 NT1 (2ndSun Remix 2)
Remix – 2ndSun


Back in 2012-2013, at the apex of jackin’, ruffneck UK bassline house, a
very distinct tune was making the rounds. It would start off somewhat
typically – feelgood warehouse energy, rave paraphernalia, a smooth but
firm crescendo... before cutting off abruptly into menacing laughter and
abyssal hoovers, only to feint and drop into UK-funky-tinged house viscera
anchored by, arguably, the most severe wobble bass since “Spongebob”. I
was one of few privy to this absolute belter, and even so only via a lo-fi rip
which happened to disclose that it was a Hostage tune in the filename. I
renamed the file “the mad one.mp3” and eagerly awaited a full, official
release. It never came. And so, another legendary tune had slipped through
the cracks and had been lost to the vicissitudes of the industry. That is,
until I recently hit up Mr. Alan Parley, pka Hostage, and persuaded him not
only to dig it up for me, but also do me the honor of releasing it with us on
Tessier-Ashpool. It is then that I finally found out that this long-time staple
of my 4/4 sets was named “NT1” – a contraction of “now this one”.

For my Optimix™, I opted to take the recessive rave traits the original’s
musical DNA and make them dominant. Breakbeat hardcore, armorpiercing
metallic piano riffs, massive undulating reeses and yardie chants
were the order of the day. Or, as Alan put it, “this is some hardcore rave

2ndSun, ever the over-achievers, when tasked to provide their own take on
“NT1”, provided two. Remix number one attempts to match the original,
blow-for-blow, in urgency and intensity, and succeeds – a deranged, yet
highly musical dembow techno march. Remix number two, on the other
hand, acknowledges that the EP is getting dangerously fun-loving for a
Tessier-Ashpool release, and asserts itself as the much-needed oppressive
techno club tool to round out the package. Lightside AND darkside vibes
from the 2ndSun boys par excellence!

01. NT1
02. NT1 (Liar Optimix)
03. NT1 (2ndSun Remix 1)
04. NT1 (2ndSun Remix 2)

Mastering by Liar.
Artwork by Liar and Borealis.

Tessier-Ashpool Recordings